The coalition that claims to have seized control of the State Senate did not take the body into session Wednesday, breaking a promise, after rogue Democrat Hiram Monserrate asked for more time to talk to his colleagues.
“Hiram is driving the train. God help us all,” one lawmaker, anonymously, told the Buffalo News.
Monserrate’s “last minute shakedown” might include more committee posts and help with his legal defense.
If he flips back, the vote count in the Senate will be deadlocked in a 31-31 tie.
In the turmoil, Malcolm Smith’s support is eroding, with his deputy telling the Times “we live day to day.”
The News says the actions are gutless, and doesn’t believe there will be a Senate session today.
Democrats say Steve Pigeon was motivated by patronage.
The paper also sent a clown to add to the antics. “Who’d have guessed that, among these buffoons, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would emerge as the voice of reason and calm,” Andrea Peyser writes.
Speaking of Sheldon Silver: he and other Assembly members finalized a plan for school governance last night.
The plan requires more oversight, but allows the mayor to appoint a majority of members of the Panel for Educational Policy.
The News also opines against the Arroyo family, and says after an indictment yesterday are “robbing us blind.”
And below, video of a rally in New York in support of Democratic control of the State Senate: